Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Review - Unchained


Christians are free in Christ, yet Christianity can feel like a prison.

Unchained helps Christians who don't feel that grace has changed their lives.

Often when people follow Jesus, they feel more guilty instead of more free. A powerful book for the spiritually restless, Unchained shows readers how to have a robust faith that celebrates their freedom in Christ without compromising their holiness as God's followers.

Unchained turns to the person and work of Jesus Christ as the source of freedom-not just his work 2,000 years ago but also what he is doing today. As readers dig into the meaning of the freedom that Jesus offers, they will understand, perhaps for the first time, what true freedom in Christ means.


Noel Jesse Heikkinen is a pastor at Riverview Church, a multi-site church of over 3,000 near Lansing, Michigan. Heikkinen also helps lead the church planting ministry Acts 29 and is the chairman of the board for the mission agency Reliant. He and his wife, Grace, have four children.
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This is a most enjoyable book and very profound. It made me ponder many things and think more deeply about my faith and what it means to be free.

Perhaps like me you struggle with the fact that you are free in Christ. That our past sins are forgiven when we ask for that forgiveness from Him. I continue to have moments of living in the past and feeling great remorse over my sins while wondering if I have truly been forgiven. This kind of thinking keeps us from living fully in freedom.

I loved Mr. Keikkinen's writing style because it made the subject matter come alive for me and it was very understandable despite being a complex subject. I used my highlighter extensively throughout the book and caught myself stopping on pages to re-read certain paragraphs or sentences again. I found myself having several light-bulb moments!

I really liked how he explained how we create structure and laws for ourselves in place of truly living in Christian freedom. I have seen this time and again with churches that create the lists of do's and don'ts that bring nothing but guilt and shame into our lives.

This is an excellent book and truly a new favorite of mine. It will be staying on my book shelf to be returned to, I'm sure, time and again. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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